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Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners ...
Chapter 12: Thinking and Learning
Thinking and Learning
Our greatest hopes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are that they will live and learn comfortably in everyday settings, have a sense of satisfaction and of belonging, and enjoy as much autonomy as possible. To ensure this, we need to help them develop greater independence and self-determination. That is, they need to learn how to make decisions, solve problems, become self-aware, and learn to self-regulate (Clark et al., 2004).
This chapter presents a discussion of the need to focus less on specific behaviours and more on broader cognitive concepts, like executive functions, when teaching children with autism. Executive functions and self-regulation are described in relation to typical development and that of children with ...